OnePlus 6T May Offer Free USB-C Bullets Earbuds To Atone For No Headphone Jack
If you were to drill a thousand holes into the roof of your home during a rainstorm, it still wouldn't leak as much as the OnePlus 6T, the worst kept secret on the web. It seems like every day there is a new leak pertaining to the unreleased device. So, it's no surprise that this week is shaping up any different. The latest rumor making the rounds is that OnePlus will bundle in a set of USB-C earbuds with the OnePlus 6T.
That might not seem like a big thing, though it's notable because previously it was assumed they would sell separately. However, OnePlus may be extending an olive branch to users who are miffed at reports that the OnePlus 6T is ditching the trusty old 3.5mm audio jack, a decision made even more frustrating after OnePlus mocked the trend just a few months ago.
"Every year I do a Twitter poll and the number of people taking part increases each time, this year there were over 19k votes, and 88 percent said they like physical headphone jacks," OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei stated in an interview.
More recently, however, OnePlus confirmed the OnePlus 6T will ship without a headphone jack.
"You've got to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction," Pei told TechRadar. "We also had to think about the negative side [of removing the headphone jack] for our users. We found 59 percent of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year - and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones."
What that means for users is either having to buy a new set of USB-C earphones, or purchase an adapter. To ease the pain of transitioning from 3.5mm to USB-C, OnePlus may bundle a version of its Bullets V2 earphones that have a USB-C connector, according to a pre-order listing on Amazon in India.
The new version is supposed to deliver a better audio experience, in part because of it uses a newer DAC manufactured by Ciruss Logic. It's said to deliver higher dynamic range, superior signal-to-noise ratio, and a low noise floor.
The catch here is that the company's earphones aren't that expensive to begin with—around $20. We'll have to wait and see what the audio quality is truly like.